Iran to reduce nuclear commitments: state media

Iran to announce partial withdrawal from nuclear deal — Reports
Iran to restart some nuclear activity in response to US sanctions

09 May, 2019

But they have also warned Iran that it must continue to comply with all aspects of the deal, especially the elements relating to nuclear activity.

The 2015 deal saw sanctions on Iran lifted in exchange for limits on its nuclear program.

The Trump administration is sending an aircraft carrier group to the Middle East after reportedly receiving intelligence from Israel saying that Iran was allegedly planning an attack on United States interests in the region.

However, under the deal - known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - Iran stated that it would treat any reintroduction of sanctions "as grounds to cease performing its whole or in part".

Iran has pulled out of "some commitments" under the 2015 worldwide nuclear deal, a year after it was abandoned by the US.

Tehran's decision to temporarily refuse to follow certain restrictions on uranium enrichment comes precisely one year after Washington announced the US' withdrawal from the JCPOA and the re-introduction of sanctions against Iran.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, In a Memorial Day ceremony, held Wednesday, at Mt. Herzl, said: "This morning, on my way here, I heard that Iran intends to pursue its nuclear program" He added.

The U.S. reimposed sanctions on Iran when Trump tore up the deal. European officials have unofficially been notified of the decision, according to media reports in Iran.

The United States reimposed crippling unilateral sanctions past year after withrawing from the agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May.

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It suggested in its Tuesday edition that Iran may install advanced centrifuges at its Natanz facility and begin enrichment at its Fordo facility, activities prohibited under the nuclear deal.

The letters have been delivered to the leaders of Britain, China, the European Union, France and Germany.

Iran's hard-line Javan newspaper, associated with the Revolutionary Guard, said Wednesday would "ignite the matchstick for burning the deal".

Natanz, in Iran's central Isfahan province, hosts the country's main uranium enrichment facility, which is located underground.

The comment was the first from an Israeli official on the matter. The sanctions have had a devastating effect on what was already a weak Iranian economy. That's compared to the 10,000 kilograms (22,046 pounds) of higher-enriched uranium it once had. It continues, "The US administration, acting consistent with the respective roles of the president and Congress, will refrain from imposing new nuclear-related sanctions".

Currently, the accord limits Iran to enriching uranium to 3.67pc, which can fuel a commercial nuclear power plant.

However, once a country enriches uranium to around 20 per cent, scientists say the time needed to reach 90 per cent is halved. Iran has previously enriched to 20%.

The weeks leading up to the anniversary of Trump's withdrawal from the agreement have seen a sharp tightening of US sanctions and an increase in tensions on other fronts.

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